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#QueerQuote: ”I Feel Like It’s Time to Just Go for a Full Midlife Crisis. I’m Thinking a Motorcycle, I’m Thinking a Tattoo.”

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Today is the 51st birthday of Anderson Cooper. He may be getting his milky white skin inked soon. On Friday, he told Kelly Ripa:

”The truth is my dad died when he was 50 so I never planned for past 50. I always grew up thinking: ‘Oh, you know, I’ll die at 50 because he did’. So when I turned 50 I was like: ‘Oh my God, I have no plan. I literally have no plan’. So I’m like: ‘I need a second act’. I feel like it’s time to just go for a full midlife crisis. I’m thinking a motorcycle, I’m thinking a tattoo.”

Cooper’s father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, died in 1978 at 50-years-old while undergoing open-heart surgery.

On Friday night, Anderson Cooper really stuck to POTUS on his CNN show Anderson Cooper 360. He smartly started by praising the good jobs report and other positive economic news before pivoting to Trump’s hypocrisy. Cooper:

”The unemployment rate fell to 3.8% which is the lowest in 18 years and excellent by any standards, but the President tweeted today and took aim at a comedian.”

He then turned to Trump’s comments about comic Samantha Bee, who had called his daughter a cunt.

POTUS’ tweet:

”Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!”

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 1, 2018

Next, Coop compared this to how Trump responded to Roseanne Barr‘s racist remarks:

”The president has yet to tweet once about the actual content about her remarks, though he had no trouble embracing her when her ratings were good. He has not tweeted condemning the racist language that prompted ABC to cancel her show but instead used the moment to list his own grievances. The president turned an opportunity to speak out against blatant racism into an opportunity to portray himself as a victim and for that double standard, well, the president doesn’t hold up so well on that front.”

Then, Cooper mentioned Trump’s double standard for his pal Roy Moore, who has been accused of molesting a child, and former Senator Al Franken, who was accused of inappropriate touching of another performer during a USO show. He aired a video clip of Trump insulting the appearance of Rosie O’Donnell and Chuck Todd.

”The president’s own language makes signaling out someone for vulgar or insulting language somewhat problematic. When it comes to double standards, selective outrage, whatever you want to call it, the examples are many and varied.”

Earlier this spring, Cooper and his boyfriend of nine years, Benjamin Maisani, split. At the time, Cooper said:

”Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”


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